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Haarlem by Night

After another far too long time of absence, I return to TE again; I'll have more time now again and it's one of my New Year's resolutions to spend more time here again.

Today I post the first picture again, an evening shot from my home town Haarlem, The Netherlands. It was taken last Friday, when the weather was extremely calm, so there was not a single wave on the water of the river Spaarne as you can see here.

The church you can see in the middle is de Grote of Sint-Bavokerk (Great or Saint Bavo Church). The church was built between 1370 and 1520 in the Gothic style of architecture.
The church has some famous bells and the legend tells that the two upper bells are taken from the Egyptian city of Damiette (in Dutch Damiate and the bells are called Damiaatjes). Knights from Haarlem took the bells from Damiette during the 5th crusade. Since 1561 the bells ring every single day from 9pm to 9.30pm to commemorate the victory by the knights from Haarlem in Egypt. But they also indicate the closing of the city gates.
Famous is the organ in the church, the Müller-organ. It was built between 1735 and 1738 and when it was ready, it was the world's largest organ. In 1766, the 10-year old Mozart played on the organ.

I hope you like this picture! :-)

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